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Review: The Rise of Food Delivery Apps in Vancouver

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Now a days, it's so easy to get food from restaurant from another part of the city. With the rise of food delivery apps like UberEats, DoorDash, SkipTheDishes, and so many others, it's so convenient to get your favorite burger without having to leave the comfort of your homes. This post is my review of each apps that I have used and the results.

DoorDash Let's start with the one I use almost once a week. At Gumstix, we have our team weekly lunch and I am the one assigned to arrange food delivery or make reservation on rare occassions that we decide to leave our office. DoorDash is my go to app because of the Group Order feature. I just have to pick a restaurant, click Group Order, and send the generated link to my colleagues so they can add their order. We even have a set limit for each person so that we can stay on budget.


As of this post, I have ordered 32 times at DoorDash from 24 different restaurants. Check out our Weekly Team Lunch map below.



DoorDash is not perfect …

Buying "Local" when living outside the Philippines

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I have been living in Canada for almost three years now. Life is good here but I always think of ways to help the Philippines. I have been helping Filipino entrepreneurs in Vancouver, BC go online.

I also sponsored two Filipino child, Paul Syrus (through Compassion Canada) and Princess Mae (through World Vision Canada). I have been exchanging letters with them and am getting to know their families and communities.

Lastly, Jomar and I have been doing our best to look for imported products from the Philippines. Our soy sauce and vinegar is Datu Puti. We almost always have Lucky Me Pancit Canton in stock just in case. We recently purchased Sunflower Crackers because I missed it. We also have Ligo sardines or sometimes Mega depending on where we did our grocery shopping. Lastly, just yesterday we found Boneless Bangus on sale! It's only $5.00 CAD and that's cheap! One bangus is usually $8.00. I should have purchased more but we have a small fridge.


Oh and one time at the office, I…

Foursquare City Guide New Restaurant Weekly Challenge

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Jomar and I did a no eating out challenge for one month. As soon as we can eat out again, we made an agreement to only eat at a restaurant once a week (before our challenge we dined out on average 3-4 times per week).

The Plan I plan to try one new restaurant per week but to make it more interesting for each week it should be from one of the Foursquare category. For example, on week 1 we will try an Afghan Restaurant then the following week it will be African Restaurant. It's not just one new restaurant; it will be one different category as well.


Why Foursquare? Because I love it - just check out my post two years during Foursquare (4.16.16) day.
The Goal Why do I want to do this? Well, obviously I love to eat. Next, I love to travel and by trying out different cuisines every week is like getting to know that country and culture through their food. Lastly, I want to explore more of Greater Vancouver area. Actually, this adventure only works because Vancouver (and Canada) is such …

Food Guide for Granville Island Public Market: A La Mode (Pi Day special)

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Happy Pi Day! To celebrate today's Pi Day, Jomar and I went to Granville Island Public Market in search for pie. I didn't know that there's a store that specializes in pie! It's like pie heaven.


A La Mode Located inside the Public Market, A La Mode offers a wide selection of homemade sweet and savoury pies. Whether you’re after a toasty beef pot pie or a sweet slice of lemon meringue, we’ve got what you’re looking for. Enjoy a slice in the market or take a whole pie home to share.
- Granville Island Directory


My Pick We decided to try Pecan Pie (my fave) and Apple Pie (because it's safe). Our assessment is pecan pie over apple pie but it was the BEST apple pie we EVER tried. I don't know why but in Philippines when we try apple pie it seems always sour.



Pi Day story In my last 2 years in the Philippines, Jomar and I celebrate Pi Day with our dear friend Mitch. Unfortunately, around our neighborhood, there's not one pie source and we always end up eating at …

Food Guide for Granville Island Public Market: Omi Japan

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Sushi, maki, teriyaki, udon, and donburi bowls - Omi Japan has it all! If you crave any of this and a bit more while in Granville Island, this place has it. I have been twice so my recommendation is pretty limited.


No restaurant food for a month challenge

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Jomar and I decided to challenge ourselves by not eating at restaurants for a month. It's really difficult for me because I grew up in a family where we always dine out (minimum of once a week) or buy food from restaurants or fast food.

Rules and ExceptionsNo eating at restaurants (which includes coffee shop) that it's just the two of us.We can eat food from restaurants if someone else is paying for it (this is here because of my weekly work team lunch).We can eat out if there's a birthday celebration (this is here because Therese is celebrating her birthday this month).We can eat out during our once a month movie date.
Lifestyle changeWe're in a grocery store 1-2 times a week.I cook more frequently which I don't mind.I lost 5lbs in the first week that we didn't eat out.
Food Here's a list of things I have cooked or I plan to cook:
Chicken Tinola (Ginger and Onion Chicken Soup)Filipino BistekPork Kaldereta (Pork in Tomato Stew)

Pork NilagaChicken AdoboChicke…

Food Guide for Granville Island Public Market: Curry2U

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Curry2U is your plane ticket to India while inside Granville Island Public Market. As of this post, I have eaten here 70 times (the most in Granville Island). When I was new in Gumstix, we practically eat here everyday.


Curry2U Curry 2U is the environmentally-friendly brainchild of Shaffeen Jamal, a second-generation restaurateur with a long family history of serving Vancouverites. The Jamal family’s earlier restaurants–the multi-award-winning Rubina Tandoori and Tamarind Indian Bistro–earned a loyal following. We continue that tradition with a firm focus on value, sustainability, and mouth-watering Indian dishes from the heart of the Granville Island Market.

- Granville Island Directory

My Pick This one is easy. I kept coming back for the butter chicken. It has become an unhealthy comfort food during stressful days. We always get the Bombay Box which includes rice, lentil, one vegetable dish, and one meat dish.


If you love spicy food and if it's available, you should definitely…

Food Guide for Granville Island Public Market: Celine's Fish and Chips

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If you go anywhere in Granville Island and don't eat one of the three or more places where you can get fish and chips, then you're missing out! Celine's Fish and Chips is the only place you can get fish and chips inside the Granville Island Public Market.


Celine's Fish and Chips Celine’s offers only the finest fish the ocean has to offer. Enjoy the classic cod and chips or try something a little more adventurous, like deep fried oysters or calamari. Lots of selection and lots of flavour – a seafood lover’s dream!

- Granville Island Directory My Pick I have been to Celine's four times and I get the Salmon and Chips every time. I didn't enjoy it the first three times, probably because it was for dinner and everything is just way too oily for my liking. The most recent one though was spot on. Crispy batter, crunchy fries, and fresh pink salmon. It was great!


Though, if you have time to spare and want the best fish and chips go to Go Fish (5-minute walk from the en…

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